32 Panel Pin

Ben Hooper

In 1970 Mexico hosted the first World Cup to be hosted in a non European or South American country. It was also the first World Cup to use a 32 panel soccer ball consisting of 12 black pentagonal and 20 white hexagonal panels. These black and white panels helped aid visibility on black and white television broadcasts. 

The design of the ball is called truncated icosahedron and according to Wikipedia:

In geometry, the truncated icosahedron is an Archimedean solid, one of 13 convex isogonal nonprismatic solids whose faces are two or more types of regular polygons .

It has 12 regular pentagonal faces, 20 regular hexagonal faces, 60 vertices and 90 edges.

The Mexico 1970 World Cup also had an incredible logo that incorporated the look of a 32 panel ball. And according to us, it's one of the simplest and greatest World Cup logos to date. 

You can find this pin in our Spring '17 box. 



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